Where and what to eat at DKR-Memorial Stadium during Longhorns football season

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Maybe you were running a little to the game and didn’t have time to tailgate. Maybe you like to stress eat during a close win or blowout loss. Or, maybe just beer. Whatever the reason, there are tons of places to eat and drink at Darrell K. Royal -Texas Memorial Stadium this football season. Don’t forget to head to HookEmPlus.com for complete Longhorns coverage from the Austin American-Statesman staff.


Amy’s Ice Cream: Ice cream (Level 1 Section 15; Level 10 Section 110)

Bevo’s Beer Garden: Beer (Level 10 Section 110)

Carving Board: Smoked brisket and queso sandwich, hot dog, pretzels and nachos (Level 6 Section 14)

Chick-fil-A: Chicken sandwich, waffle chips, cookies (Level 1 Section 3, Level 1 Section 32, Level 10 Section 127, Level 11 Section 105)

Fletchers Corny Dogs: Corny dogs, jalapeno cheese corny dog, funnel cake (Level 1 Section 1, Level 1 Section 25)

Gatti’s Pizza: Pizza, pepperoni rolls (Level 1 Section 6,   Level 1 Section 16,  Level 1 Section 29)

Gigi’s Cupcakes: Cupcakes (Level 1 Section 16)

Gridiron: Hot dog, sausage wrap, loaded nachos, peanuts, pretzel, candy, popcorn (Throughout the Stadium)

Krispy Kreme: Donuts, kolaches, hot & iced coffee (Level 1 Section 18)

La Cucina: Italian Bistro: Meatball sliders, Texatalian nachos, Italian sausage, spinach & feta pretzel, hot dog (Level 6 Section 18)

Mama Fu’s Asian House: Basil spring rolls, chicken satay, crab rangoon nachos, Korean street tacos, Bahn Mi sandwich (Level 1 Section 26)

Mighty Fine: Cheeseburger, fries, shakes (Level 1 Section 32)

Michelada Cabana: Micheladas & souvenir mason jar (Level 1 Section 14)

Moojo Ice Cream: Local Austin ice cream, cookies (Level 1 Section 4)

Pluckers: Buffalo bites, chicken wings, waffle fries (Level 1 Section 18)

Quiznos: Fresh sandwiches, chips, cookie, ice cream cups (Level 3 Section 5)

Ricardo’s Tacos: Beef & potato taco, chicken fajita taco, street corn cup (Level 3 Section 5)

Royal Burger: Cheeseburger, chicken tender basket, fries (Level 3 Section 2, Level 10 Section 128, Level 11 Section 104)

Salt Lick BBQ: BBQ sandwiches, sausage, sloppy nachos (Level 1 Section 30, Level 3 Section 6)

Sausage Haus: Jalapeno cheddar sausage, Bockwurst, 1883 sausage, hot dog, pretzel (Level 1 Section 27)

Silver Bullet Bar: Coors Light party zone   (Level 1 Section 18,)

Smokey’s Grill: Texas champions burger basket, cheeseburger, chicken tender basket, hot dog, onion rings, fries (Level 1 Section 6)

Starbucks: Coffee, specialty drinks, pastries, sandwiches   (Level 1 Section 16)

State Fair Fare Tent: Corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, fried Snickers, kettle corn, cotton candy, snow cones, fresh squeezed lemonade (Level 11 Section 106)

State Fair Fare & Lemonade Carts: Corn dogs, kettle corn, snow cones, cotton candy, fresh squeezed lemonade (Throughout the Stadium)

Subway: Sandwiches and salads   (Level 1 Section 15)

The Filling Station: Large beer selection, wine, popcorn & peanuts (Level 1 Section 31,  Level 10 Section 116, Level 10 Section 125, Level 11 Section 106)

The Sweet Shoppe: Funnel cake, lemon chill, ice cream bars, snow cones, kettle corn, cotton candy, fresh squeezed lemonade (Level 10 Section 130)

Torchy’s Tacos: Trailer Park Taco, Green Chile Pork Taco, Beef Fajita Taco, green chile queso & chips, chips & salsa (Level 1 Section 14)

Whataburger pledges more than $1.5 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

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Beloved Texas burger chain Whataburger, which started in the Hurricane Harvey-battered town of Corpus Christi, announced that it has pledged $1 million to the Whataburger Family Foundation, $150 thousand to the Red Cross and $500 thousand to local food banks to help with recovery efforts.
A rainbow colors the sky over a Whataburger sign destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in Refugio, Texas, on Monday, August 28, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Funds given to the Whataburger Family Foundation, which was established in 2001, will assist impacted Whataburger employees with necessities like clothing, food, medical bills and monetary assistance.
“To all our Family Members and neighbors who were impacted by this storm’s devastation, we stand with you. The path to recovering and rebuilding is long, but we’re here for you and we’ll get through this together,” Whataburger Chairman Tom Dobson said.

Hurricane Harvey will disrupt Gulf seafood delivery to Central Texas restaurants and markets

Hurricane Harvey and the flooding left in its wake will have a major impact on the restaurant and fishing industries across Texas, as the work of fishermen and farmers is interrupted and distribution lines are severed.

Dai Due chef-owner Jesse Griffiths only serves seafood from the Gulf of Mexico at his restaurant on Manor Road and doesn’t plan to change the way he operates.

“We’re not going to have any seafood for a while, which is something we’ll just deal with,” said Griffiths, who sources through two small distributors. “I’m not going to start sourcing from somewhere else.”

Gulf oysters at Salt Traders Coastal Kitchen. (Nicole Barrios)

The restaurant always has a fish item on the menu and runs its seafood supper club on Fridays. That weekly special will likely be halted soon.

“We’re probably going to have to get really clever,” Griffiths said of this Friday.

With major distribution networks out of Freeport, Galveston and Aransas Pass hampered by the catastrophic storm, Griffiths worries that smaller restaurants are going to suffer from the lack of product, and many of the restaurants in the hardest-hit areas will be closed for weeks, if not longer.

“This is going to hurt a lot of restaurants everywhere. This last week was deadly slow,” Griffiths said. “This might be a final straw for some. Small restaurants can’t afford to be slow, much less for a couple of weeks, so I feel for them.”

While Griffiths attempts to get in touch with his providers and chart a course forward, he said the most important thing is that restaurants be prepared to support the fishing industry once it is stabilized in the coming weeks.

“If they need help in the meantime, we’ll try and work something out,” Griffiths said. “It’s just important that as soon as they are functional again to give them as much money as you can.”

Quality Seafood Market owner Carol Huntsberger prepared for the storm by ordering extra black drum, which is popular among her restaurant clients, out of Baffin Bay last week. While she receives some of her seafood from the East Coast, Huntsberger expects delivery of a significant portion of her Gulf seafood inventory to be delayed, with the warehouse that stores her shrimp in Houston under water.

The devastated Texas area isn’t Huntsberger’s only concern. With the storm spinning out and up toward Louisiana, she worries that Gulf seafood delivered from that state, including snapper and flounder, will be temporarily cut off. And, if Louisiana is hit hard, Huntsberger said she thinks Gulf oysters may not be available until November.

In the meantime, Huntsberger says she placed an order for mahi mahi, snapper and swordfish from Costa Rica to supplement her stocks while the industry along the Gulf Coast rebuilds and reorganizes.

Salt Traders Coastal Kitchen owner Jack Gilmore says that not only will the procurement of seafood slow in the coming weeks but that Texas produce farms have also been hit hard by the storms. And catching seafood and harvesting fruit isn’t the only part of the equation. Even if the food is available, getting it to Central Texas will be hard, so Gilmore says customers can expect to see changes on menus at his restaurants over the coming days and weeks.

“It will be a hard time getting here to Austin/Round Rock to deliver the product because of gas, traffic and other things going on,” Gilmore said. “Our backup plan is using a bunch of East Coast items that we always have rotating on the menu. The hurricane is going to affect both Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Salt Traders Coastal Cooking. I feel bad for my chef brothers in Houston that are dealing with the aftermath and will continue to have to … the Gulf went through a lot of turmoil, and we’ll always support it. So whenever they’re ready, we’re here for them.”


USA Today says the best brisket sandwich in Lone Star State comes from Central Texas

USA Today’s 10 Best website declares that the best bbq brisket sandwich in the Lone Star State comes from Central Texas. But it’s not Franklin Barbecue or La Barbecue at the top of the list, it’s Cooper’s Old-Time Pit Bar-B-Que from Llano. They were that the brisket used for the chopped beef sandwich is “peppery on the outside and juicy on the inside.”


Other Central Texas spots landing in the Top 10 include Hays County Barbeque Restaurant in San Marcos, Salt Lick in Driftwood and Kreuz Market in Lockhart. No Austin restaurants made the list that was short-listed by two USA Today 10 Best editors and finalized in a popular vote by readers.


Austin restaurants and bars donating to Hurricane Harvey flood relief

Houston will see even more rain this week following a devastating few days of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Austin hospitality industry will undoubtedly do its part to help residents and businesses in the flood-ravaged areas across the state. Following is a working list of Austin restaurants and bars and their contributions to relief efforts. Email additions to modam@statesman.com.

Evacuees wade down a flooded section of Interstate 610 as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Apis will give $25 dollar gift cards on Friday and Saturday for any physical donations like diapers, canned food, blankets for displaced hurricane survivors housed in Austin shelters.

Banger’s hosts a Saturday barbecue and Houston brews event to raise money for relief efforts.

Black Star Co-Op will donate $1 to relief efforts from every house beer sold through September 3.

Boiler Nine Bar + Grill will donate the net profits from its new happy hour to flood relief through Thursday.

The Brew & Brew will donate $1 from every beer sold this week to relief efforts.

Bufalina on Cesar Chavez Street will donate the proceeds from their Margherita  pizza sales Wednesday to the Houston Food Bank.

Cane Rosso locations around Texas (including the one in Sunset Valley) are selling $50 raffle tickets for a year’s worth of free pizza. The restaurants are only selling 400 tickets, with the proceeds (which would reach $20,000 if all tickets are sold) going to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. More details on their site.   (Update: Dallas-based Cane Rosso and owner Jay Jerrier will be donating $20,000 from sales from their Tuesday night event in Deep Ellum. They’ve sold half of the goal (200 of 400) from the Year of Pizza raffle, adding another $10,000 to the donation tally so far. The tickets are on sale through the rest of this week.)

District Kitchen + Cocktails and Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar will be donating a portion of their proceeds for Thursday, August 31 to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief.

Family Business Beer Company has set up an online fundraising drive intended to raise at least $100,000. As of Monday morning, they were more than 75 percent of the way to their goal.

Freebirds World Burrito is accepting canned goods and bottled water at all non-Houston locations in Texas to donate to local food banks through September 3.

Freedmen’s will be accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief victims through September 3rd for delivery to devastated areas in Rockport and Port Aransas. Asking for donations such as baby diapers, new socks, underwear, cleaning supplies, blankets, feminine toiletries, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet food and supplies and more.
The Goodnight is hosting a happy hour on August 31 from 4 to 8 p.m., with 20 percent of proceeds going to the Houston Red Cross and 20 percent going to the ACLU of Texas.
The Hightower is teaming with Antonelli’s Cheese and will donate 30% of their Queso Fundido sales (which uses Antonelli’s Cheese) to Austin Disaster Relief  until September 30.
Hopdoddy locations on September 4 and will donate all sales from their Goodnight/Good Cause Burger to flood relief and Tito’s Handmade Vodka will donate $1, up to $10,000, for every drink Hopdoddy Burger Bar sells made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Through the rest of September, Hopdoddy will donate $1 from each Goodnight/Good Cause Burger.
Home Slice Pizza will open Tuesday, a rarity, and donate 100 percent of proceeds to Houston Food Bank.
JuiceLand will give guests who text a $10 donation to the Red Cross at the register double rewards points.

Kung Fu Saloon will be hosting a company-wide Drink 4 a Cause event on September 5th. All locations (Austin Downtown, Austin Rock Rose, Dallas, Houston and Nashville) will be donating 50% of that day’s drink sales to the Harvey relief efforts.

Kyoten Sushiko: For each dinner guest the omakase restaurant from Houston native Otto Phan serves over the next two weeks (August 30-September 10), Kyoten will donate $40 to relief efforts set up by the Houston Texans J.J. Watt.

Lick Honest Ice Creams will donate 100% of proceeds from their Texas Sheet Cake pints sold at all of their shops to the American Red Cross.

Little Woodrow’s is accepting donations for its partner food truck, Crazy Mary’s, which is sending two trucks to Rockport to give away food and water.

Once Over Coffee Bar will donate $1 to relief efforts from every bag of coffee, beer, and wine sold through September 7th.

Pizzeria Sorellina will host a pizza party from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, with free pizza available to anyone who donates $25 to the Rockport-Fulton relief fund.

Poke Poke is donating $1 per order to flood relief efforts.

All proceeds from the $15 hatch green chili and chicken broth ramen at Ramen Tatsu-Ya go to relief efforts in Houston, while supplies last.

Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co. donating $1 of every house beer and drip coffee sold through the rest of the week.

Snooze will donate 10% of sales from all Texas locations on its Bacon Day, Saturday, September 2to the Houston Food Bank. 

St. Elmo Brewing Company is donating $1 from every pint of Rain – Helles Lager this week to the Houston Flood Relief Fund. They’re also taking donations of food, water, clothes, and money for those in need.

Thai Fresh will donate 100% of proceeds on Tuesday, September 5th from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. A donation box will also be available for those wanting to contribute extra money for this cause.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has committed to match dollar-for-dollar donations up to $50,000 and has partnered with Austin Disaster Relief Network, sharing Tito’s trucks to deliver supplies across Texas.

Treaty Oak Brewing & Distilling in Dripping Springs is having a four-day Labor Day Weekend event to raise money to support people effected by Hurricane Harvey, with a percentage of our proceeds from the entire going to the Central Texas Food Bank Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Visit their site for details on donation drive, food, booze and live music. 

The Vegan Nom is donating 10% of all sales through Sunday to help Hurricane Harvey victims.

On Saturday, September 2, Veracruz All Natural will donate 20% of all sales from all locations to the Central Texas Food Bank.

All locations of Via 313 donated Tuesday’s sales to the flood relief efforts in Houston

Yard Bar will have a shipping box on site from September 1-15, collecting pet items like dog and cat food, kennels, blankets and more to send to hard-hit areas. Yard Bar is also donating $2 of every Smirnoff and “Underdog” cocktail through all of September to Harvey Relief and waiving the park admission fees for all eligible dogs visiting Austin as Harvey evacuees through the month of September.


East Austin bar Nickel City donating portion of weekend proceeds to Franklin Barbecue staff

In a solid gesture of neighborly kindness and industry support, East Austin bar Nickel City announced this morning that they would donate $2 of every Old Fashioned sold this weekend to help pay Franklin Barbecue staff. The fire that destroyed much of the smokehouse at the iconic barbecue restaurant will keep the restaurant dark for at least several weeks, Aaron Franklin estimated, so this move by a fellow East 11th Street business will undoubtedly be welcome news to the staff at Franklin. Nickel City, a whiskey-loving bar from Via 313 Pizza owners Zane and Brandon Hunt, Javelina owner Craig Primozich and former Vox Table bar manager Travis Tober, opened in July in the former Longbranch Inn space. Javelina also announced that due to the cancellation of Quesoff, it would be serving picadillo nachos with queso and donating $2 of each sale to Franklin staff



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Quesoff at the Mohawk cancelled due to inclement weather

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For the first time in its seven-year history, Quesoff at the Mohawk will be cancelled due to inclement weather. High winds and rain are already causing damage around town, and early this morning, Quesoff judge Aaron Franklin’s namesake restaurant caught on fire when a wind-blown ember started an accidental blaze. Quesoff organizers are considering whether they will reschedule for a later date.

“After many discussions and a detailed assessment, we are going to cancel the 2017 Quesoff. The safety of the teams who worked so hard on their concoctions, the Mohawk staff and our partners, and of course, all the queso fans is our number one concern at the moment,” Quesoff co-founder Adi Anand said. “We held out hope that excited Austinites would still be able to compete and attend the event, and delayed our decision as long as we could, but with the continued threat of severe weather for the rest of the afternoon, and a warning from city officials to stay off of the roads for non-essential travel, the only choice was to cancel. We will explore dates for a possible reschedule. We appreciate your patience and recommend making an online donation to Central Texas Food Bank. And enjoying some queso with an ice cold Lone Star Beer to celebrate this great State. Most of all, please stay safe.”

Contributed by Jessica Alexander